Duarte’s Jordan Canada out for Friday’s game

Tribune preps sports editor Fred J. Robledo, the man we call “Freddy”, is reporting on his blog that Duarte High School’s super junior running back Jordan Canada will not play in Friday’s inaugural MD Classic against Monrovia.

Falcons coach Wardell Crutchfield said he aggravated a groin strain in last week’s loss to Ayala.

If you remember, Canada scored on a 97-yard kickoff return in the Falcons’ 33-12 loss to Ayala.

I know from talking to Crutchfield last week he expected a big season from Canada who has endured an injury-plagued sophomore season.

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Casual Fridays on Thursday: That’s how I roll


Above: Chase Rettig is ready to lead La Salle against Maranatha on Friday.

Week 1 descends upon us and getting the nudge for “Game of the Week” is the highly-anticipated La Salle-Maranatha game that’ll pit two of the best quarterbacks in the area.

There is a lot of intrigue for a few reasons, the obvious being two top quarterbacks on display. But this is a matchup that has been building up over the years. The Lancers and Minutement have not played each other since 1997. Think of Maranatha as the long lost son, bouncing from campus to campus throughout Pasadena. The Minutemen now are proud to call their campus on St. John their home. The campus is beautiful and the field is breathtaking.

Sure, La Salle lost last week but that was a very close game. Rettig completed 18 of 37 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the Lancers’ tough, 21-18, loss to Village Christian.

“I just hope we finish with one more point than them at the end of the game,” joked Maranatha coach Joel Murphy.

And if you haven’t gotten a clue yet, I’m covering this game.

Contrary to popular belief, I’ve never been a fan of covering a football team back-to-back, which is why I’m not going to St. Francis, though the matchup is intriguing as well. Besides that, it’s a 7:30 p.m. start and there is more to my job than just covering a game. I need to get back to the office to knock out my story, update the scores/blog and make sure all our correspondents get their stuff in by deadline. With a full slate of games scheduled, Friday night will be the whole dog and pony show, meaning I’m better off covering a 7 p.m. game rather than 7:30 p.m.

Game of the Week B : Arcadia at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m.

Golper vs. Riley? C’mon! I heard through the grapevine that the Golden Knights are going to have three guys on Golper when he’s running the ball and they’ll try to isolate him at linebacker. St. Francis is going to make the rest of the Apaches beat them so this is a game Garrett Tuck, Brian Rambeu and others will have to step up and help carry some of the load off of Golper.

Game of the Week C: Oaks Christian at Muir, 7 p.m.

I know I predicted Muir to lose last week against Diamond Ranch. I didn’t think they had it in them and there was all this talk about this Spirlin kid at D-Ranch. The Mustangs proved me wrong, but I don’t think they can do it again, not against a very talented Oaks Christian team. For the record, I doubt Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky and Will Smith will make the trip to da hood. Where would they park their Bentleys? But seriously, Oaks Christian will prove to be too much and they’ll run away with this game. Sorry, Stang Fan.

So this is what it came down to:

Arcadia at St. Francis? – Great game, nice matchups but a 7:30 start would put me behind.

Oaks Christian at Muir? – I hear what you’re saying loud and clear. But it’s more likely that Oaks Christian will hand it to the Mustangs. Sure, there’s also the potential of an upset but I’m going with what’s more likely …

… and it’s more likely the La Salle at Maranatha game will be closer since they’re evenly matched and will put on display two great quarterbacks.

Coming in Friday’s newspaper: a feature on St. Francis’ linemen and a tradition that started four years ago.

Friday’s Game of the Week: La Salle at Maranatha

Friday’s Video Highlight Game of the Week: Duarte at Monrovia (Be sure to check back Saturday morning for the highlights)

Thursday Night Live (7 p.m.): Northview vs. Los Altos at Covina District Field. Be sure to visit our Web site at 7 p.m. tonight to watch the action.

Back by popular demand is the Star-News’ Football Scoreboard.

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Tonight’s Games

South Pasadena at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel); Lair (San Gabriel)
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (C. Valley); Lair (C. Valley)

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Seven Years Later: Nation pauses to remember


Above: The World Trade Center site in New York is shown on the seventh anniversary of the attacks. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

There will be chills sent up the spine of many when marching bands today play the National Anthem before the start of a football game.

On this seventh anniversary since the Sept. 11 attacks, people will look back and think about where they were when the horrific attacks happened.

At the time I was a student at Pasadena City College and had just started journalism. During my bus ride from Alhambra to Pasadena the entire bus was quiet, and when people did talk they whispered.

The first press conference I attended was in Los Angeles and speaking was LAPD Chief William J. Bratton. There was a chilling effect; reporters tried to keep their emotions in check. I couldn’t believe how poise they were despite the circumstances.

I would hope the schools tonight and on Friday night before the start of the game take some time to hold a moment of silence in memoriam of those who lost their lives.

I always get chills when I hear the National Anthem. It will be no different come Friday night.

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CIF Polls: Muir moves up, Maranatha holds strong


Above: Maranatha is holding strong to its No. 2 ranking in the East Valley Division. The Minutemen play host to La Salle on Friday.

Muir moved from No. 7 to No. 3 in the Southeast Division while Alhambra dropped out from its previous No. 9 spot. For whatever reason, CIF voters showed no love to Arcadia, receiving only consideration. Temple City stayed at No. 4 in the Mid-Valley Division while Monrovia dropped a few spots to No. 7. Duarte and Rosemead dropped out of the poll. Maranatha in the East Valley Division is holding strong to its No. 2 spot. St. Paul is still ranked No. 6 in the Western Division despite last week’s blowout by Servite. But the again, it was against Servite. St. Francis in that division again received only consideration. La Salle completely dropped out of the Northwest Division after entering the season at No. 10, respectively.

PAC-5 DIVISION

1. Long Beach Poly, 2. Orange Lutheran, 3. Mater Dei, 4. Crespi, 5. Edison, 6. Mission Viejo, 7. Servite, 8. Los Alamitos, 9. Esperanza, 10. Notre Dame.
Others receiving votes: St. John Bosco, Fountain Valley, Dana Hills, Loyola, Long Beach Wilson, Compton, San Clemente, Tesoro, Lakewood, Newport Harbor.

CENTRAL DIVISION (V)

1. Upland, 2. Colton, 3. Los Osos, 4. Chaffey, 5. West Valley, 6. Ayala, 7. Paloma Valley, 8. Colony, 9. Arroyo Valley, 10. Cajon. Others receiving votes: Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont, Alta Loma, Glendora, Hemet, Etiwanda, Chino Hills, Damien.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION (VII)

1. South Hills, 2. Charter Oak, 3. Muir, 4. Schurr, 5. Santa Fe, 6. West Covina, 7. California, 8. Rowland, 9. Burbank, 10. Diamond Ranch. Others: Bonita, Arcadia, Burroughs, Alhambra, Los Altos.

MID-VALLEY DIVISION (XI)

1. San Dimas, 2. South El Monte, 3. Paraclete, 4. Temple City, 5. Northview, 6. Whittier Christian, 7. Monrovia, 8. Azusa, 9. Cerritos Valley Christian, 10. Los Angeles Baptist. Others: Village Christian, Workman, Pomona, Gabrielino, San Marino, Rosemead, La Puente, Duarte, Covina.

EAST VALLEY DIVISION (XII)

1. St. Margaret’s, 2. Maranatha, 3. Twentynine Palms, 4. Big Bear, 5. Brentwood, 6. Desert, 7. Aquinas, 8. Ontario Christian, 9. Fillmore, 10. Western Christian. Others: Downey Calvary Chapel, Santa Paula, Sage Hill, Bishop Union, Grace Brethren, Kern Valley.

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Prep Scene: Honorees, rankings and statistics


Above: Quarterback Reuben Thomas, AKA Mr. Everything, proved last week he’s the real deal.

High school honorees, rankings and statistics. Compiled by Miguel A. Melendez

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Reuben Thomas
Muir
Football
Senior
Quarterback

Favorite hobby: Video games
Favorite movie: “Boss ‘N’ Up”
Favorite athlete: Devin Hester
Favorite food: Lasagna
Favorite television show: “CSI: Las Vegas”
Accomplishments: Just call him Mr. Everything. In leading Muir last week to a 16-6 victory over Diamond Ranch, Thomas played just about every position and was very effective. He played quarterback, wide receiver, safety, kicker and even returned punts. He threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and also had a big interception. He threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Tyree Mills to score the game’s first points and later after scoring from 2yards out, he ran in the two-point conversion.

HONOR ROLL

*Chase Rettig, La Salle: Rettig completed 18 of 37 passes for 237 yards and had two touchdowns in a tough 21-18 loss against Village Christian.

*Frank Sotelo, Bosco Tech: The senior running back rushed for 192 yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Tigers’ 28-14 victory over Contreras.

*Nick Bueno, Monrovia: The sophomore QB had an impressive varsity debut, completing 10 of 14 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

*Todd Golper, Arcadia: The UCLA-bound linebacker/running back rushed for 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in the Apaches’ 41-27 victory over Monrovia.

*Josh Demuske, Pasadena: The senior quarterback completed 9 of 16 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 30-19 loss to Arroyo Valley.

*Jordan Canada, Duarte: In the Falcons’ 33-12 loss to Ayala, Canada scored on a 97-yard kickoff return.

*Brian Rambeu, Arcadia: Returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a score to put the Apaches on top early.

*Kishon Sanders, La Salle: Wide receiver had eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Village Christian.

*Chris Carino, Monrovia: Wide receiver caught five passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns.

*Josh Acosta, Gabrielino: The junior tight end caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Anthony Zuniga with 20 seconds left in the first half to put the Eagles on top, 6-0. Acosta scored another TD on a 10-yard run in the third quarter to lead Gabrielino to a 12-0 upset over a loaded La Puente team.

STAR-NEWS RANKINGS
FOOTBALL

1. St. Francis (0-0)
Arcadia should be a good test

2. Muir (1-0)
Impressive win over D-Ranch

3. Arcadia (1-0)
Apaches have balanced attack

4. Rosemead (0-0)
Tough opener against Covina

5. Monrovia (0-1)
Can’t afford turnovers

6. La Salle (0-1)

Tough loss to swallow

7. Alhambra (0-0)
Moors should beat Glendale

8. Temple City (0-0)

Backus Season 2 begins

9. San Marino (0-0)
Gabrielino will be tough Friday

10. San Gabriel (0-1)
Defense needs to get in game

FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Sept. 11

South Pasadena at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel); Lair (San Gabriel)
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Crescenta Valley); Lair (Crescenta Valley)

Friday, Sept. 12

Alhambra at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra); Lair (Alhambra)
Arcadia at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia); Lair (St. Francis)
Blair at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Melendez (West Covina); Lair (West Covina)
Duarte at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (MONROVIA); Lair (Monrovia)
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Workman); Lair (Workman)
La Salle at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Marshall vs. Azusa at PCC, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Azusa); Lair (Azusa)
Oaks Christian at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Oaks Christian); Lair (Oaks Christian)
Pasadena vs. Saugus at College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Saugus); Lair (Saugus)
Pasadena Poly at Campbell Hall, 3:30 p.m. — Melendez (Campbell Hall); Lair (Pasadena Poly)
Mojave at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Mojave)
San Marino at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Gabrielino); Lair (San Marino)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Temple City); Lair (Arroyo)

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bishop Montgomery at Bosco Tech, 1:30 p.m. — Melendez (BMontgomery); Lair (BMontgomery)
Flintridge Prep at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (St. Genevieve)

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Star-News Top 10 Poll

Above: Arcadia’s defense could pose some problems for the Golden Knights.

Note: The top 10, which will be published in Wednesday’s paper along with the Athlete of the Week & the Honor Roll, did not change much. San Gabriel dropped from No. 7 to 10, allowing Alhambra (No. 7), Temple City (No. 8) and San Marino (No. 9) to move up a spot. Despite losses, Monrovia and La Salle stay at No. 5 and 6, respectively. Why? The Wildcats played a surprisingly tough Arcadia team and the Lancers lost by just three points despite an impressive performance by quarterback Chase Rettig. I can already hear it, “Why didn’t Muir take the No. 1 spot?!?!” Hold your horses, Muir. That’s because I’m not going to penalize St. Francis which has not opened the season yet. Come Week 2 things could look different depending on how Muir fares against Oaks Christian and St. Francis against Arcadia on Friday night.

STAR-NEWS RANKINGS

1. St. Francis (0-0)
Arcadia should be a good test

2. Muir (1-0)
Impressive win over D-Ranch

3. Arcadia (1-0)
Apaches have balanced attack

4. Rosemead (0-0)
Tough opener against Covina

5. Monrovia (0-1)
Can’t afford turnovers

6. La Salle (0-1)
Tough loss to swallow

7. Alhambra (0-0)
Moors should beat Glendale

8. Temple City (0-0)
Backus Season 2 begins

9. San Marino (0-0)
Gabrielino will be tough Friday

10. San Gabriel (0-1)
Defense needs to get in game

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BREAKING NEWS: Tom Brady out for the season

From The Associated Press
1:01 PM PDT, September 8, 2008

Tom Brady will miss the entire NFL season with a left knee injury that will require surgery, leaving the New England Patriots without one of the game’s great quarterbacks, their Super Bowl hopes severely damaged.

The 2007 NFL Most Valuable Player will be placed on injured reserve, the Patriots said today, one day after his knee was injured in the first quarter of a 17-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

A statement issued before coach Bill Belichick’s news conference said Brady will have surgery, ending his 128-game starting streak, the third longest for a quarterback.

Brady left Sunday’s game against Kansas City after he was hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. Brady was not available for comment, but reports circulated around the league that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

“We feel badly for Tom about the injury,” Belichick said while not confirming the exact injury. “You hate to see anyone go down. No one has worked harder or done more for this team than Tom has.”

Matt Cassel, who guided New England to its 20th straight regular-season win after Brady was hurt, will start Sunday at the New York Jets.

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…Star Picks…This guy’s no expert

Star-News preps writer Keith Lair and I will be going head-to-head throughout the season, and I will update our records each Monday on the “Star Picks” thread.

Melendez: Last week (3-7)
Lair: Last week (5-5)

I went a laughable 3-7 last week and Lair managed to break even. We have a full slate of games with Week 1 on Friday and since most teams played in Week 0 there’s a better feeling of how teams look and how they’ll fare in Week 1. Someone commented I should add CalPreps’ picks to see how I fare against them but I think for now I’ll just stick to the Melendez-Lair tandem. The only pick Keith and I both picked and got right was Ayala over Duarte. We both picked and got wrong Diamond Ranch (Muir won), Pasadena (Arroyo Valley won), La Puente (Gabrielino won; upset of the week) and San Gabriel (Cathedral won).

Thursday, Sept. 11

South Pasadena at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Gabriel); Lair (San Gabriel)
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Crescenta Valley); Lair (Crescenta Valley)

Friday, Sept. 12

Alhambra at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra); Lair (Alhambra)
Arcadia at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia); Lair (St. Francis)
Blair at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Melendez (West Covina); Lair (West Covina)
Duarte at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Duarte); Lair (Monrovia)
Keppel at Workman, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Workman); Lair (Workman)
La Salle at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Marshall vs. Azusa at PCC, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Azusa); Lair (Azusa)
Oaks Christian at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Oaks Christian); Lair (Oaks Christian)
Pasadena vs. Saugus at College of the Canyons, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Saugus); Lair (Saugus)
Pasadena Poly at Campbell Hall, 3:30 p.m. — Melendez (Campbell Hall); Lair (TBA)
Mojave at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Rio Hondo Prep); Lair (Mojave)
San Marino at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Gabrielino); Lair (San Marino)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Temple City); Lair (Arroyo)

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bishop Montgomery vs. Bosco Tech at St. Matthias, 7 p.m. — Melendez (BMontgomery); Lair (BMontgomery)
Flintridge Prep at St. Genevieve, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Flintridge Prep); Lair (St. Genevieve)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Talk your smack or cry me a river! (Muir-DRanch video highlights included)

In honor of my boy and former Tribune preps editor Aram Tolegian, I am going to continue to use his postgame thread title. Why? Because it’s that awesome.

(So who watched the Arcadia-Monrovia game live and what did you think about the feed?)

The football season and Week 0 officially kicked off tonight at a stadium near you and there were quite a few surprises.

Muir 16, Diamond Ranch 6 — Whoa! So I guess Muir can talk the talk and walk the walk.

Arcadia 41, Monrovia 27 — Where did Brian Rambeu come from?

Ayala 37, Duarte 13 — The Bulldogs just had way more weapons.

Gabrielino 12, La Puente 0 — I thought La Puente was supposed to be a power?

Arroyo Valley 30, Pasadena 19 — Ummmmmmm ….

Cathedral 38, San Gabriel 14 — I guess last season was just a fluke for the Phantoms.

Maranatha 47, Linfield Christian 16 — This is a big statement for the Minutemen.

Pomona 47, Keppel 0 — I thought Keppel might have had a chance. Guess not.

Bosco Tech 28, Contreras 14 — Tigerland off to a solid start.

After Week 0 my record stands at a laughable 3-6. I never said I was an expert. Star-News preps writer Keith Lair went 4-5.


Above: Quarterback Nick Bueno played impressive in his varsity debut for the Wildcats.

Miguel’s Week 0 Thoughts: I thought the Arcadia-Monrovia game was going to be close with the Wildcats pulling away. They just seemed to have more depth and in actuality they do, and though Arcadia might be small in numbers but they sure are well coached. The Apaches were well-prepared for the Wing-T offense and as a result they executed in just about every facet of the game though they did receive 10 penalties. Monrovia’s inability to hold on to the ball and numerous penalties after big plays proved costly. I was impressed with Wildcats quarterback Nick Bueno. He was poised and kept his composure even when Golper was coming right at him. Bueno completed 10 of 14 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns in his varsity debut. Whoever said Golper is soft must get his eyes check and stop drilling QTips when there’s resistance. Golper took a hard lick on a carry but bounced right back up, ala Patrick Cown when USC’s Ray Maualuga knocked him to the sidelines two years ago at the Rose Bowl. Marquise Williams was kept quiet the entire game and his 5-yard score didn’t come until the fourth quarter. He rushed for only 67 yards on 18 carries. And in case you’re wondering, the lone Williams-Golper clash didn’t come until about 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Four plays later Williams scored.


Above: Monrovia’s Marquise Williams was kept on check by Arcadia’s defense.

Taking a look at the rest of the 626:

Robledo tells me Muir is going to be really good this year. Am I still welcomed at Muir?

Gabrielino coach Vince Lopez couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season: a shutout against a loaded La Puente team

Kevin Mills has to regroup his team and figure out what went wrong. Mills finally has the depth he’s wanted so it’s time to put up

I thought San Gabriel had the weapons in Isaac Valdez & Co. but it looks like Cathedral might be returning to its glory days

… I really do hope Raul Solis over at Keppel gets what he wants out of the Aztecs: to be more competitive this season. I though Keppel would have put up a fight

… Solid win for Bosco Tech. Now, can they stay consistent throughout the season is the question

Maranatha trailed 8-6 at the half but its offense turned it up against host Linfield Christian, 47-16. So here’s my question, what the heck did Coach Joel Murphy tell his guys at halftime? I’m excited to see how Matt Schilz and La Salle’s Chase Rettig will fare when they face each other next week. Lancers coach Antoine Peterson made the drive Friday night to scout the Minutement. I think it’s safe to assume Joel Murphy will drive on over to Granada Hills and scout the Lancers, too

The lights went out over at Duarte. Derek Brandon created havoc for Duarte. Jordan Canada had a 97-yard kickoff return. He has the talent to carry the Falcons so lets see if he fares better against Monrovia next week.

Muir-Diamond Ranch video highlights

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